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ID:     863490
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     IONIA
City:     Metropolis
Issuer:     Septimius Severus
Date Ruled:     AD 193-211
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE35
Date Struck:     AD 193-211
Diameter:     35 mm
Weight:     27.70 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     AY·K·Λ·CE·CEOYHPOC [·Π·]
Obverse Description:     laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
Reverse Legend:     EΠI CTP KAΛ [EC·] E AΛΛOY / MHTPOΠOΛ
Reverse Description:     statue of Ares facing left within tetrastyle temple, with spear and shield set on ground
Primary Reference:     Kraft pl. 76, 16d (same obv. die)
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Reference3:     SNG MÜnchen -
Reference4:     SNG VA -; SNG TÜbingen -; BMC -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, brown patina, light smoothing in fields
Notes:     Extremely rare; only one other specimen recorded, and in much lower condition. Ex Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; Classical Numismatic Group 53 (15 March 2000), lot 1086.Although being known with Ares facing right, the type with Ares facing left along with a reverse legend mentioning the strategos is indeed rare, with the example in Kraft being the only other one known. Kraft cites a coin in the Waddington collection (6332---as Metropolis in Phrygia), which has a similar reverse reading of ?ΠI CTP KAΛ ?AΛΛOY (misread as KΛA), though the type features Septimius Severus standing between his two sons, Caracalla and Geta. The other example cited by Kraft is the coin in the Copenhagen collection (910), which features the aforementioned statue of Ares facing right, with the legend TΩN ?N IΩNIA. Although rare as a reverse type, this obverse die was also used to strike coins for Smyrna, Hypaepa and Magnesia (see Kraft pp. 176-7 and pl. 76)